Pair of Doors from S.S. United States Ocean Liner, 1952

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Pair of double doors made of aluminum and glass from the Gibbs and COX designed SS United States transatlantic ocean liner whose maiden voyage was in 1952. Streamline Art Deco styling. Heavy duty aluminum hinges and handles. Original paint and glass.

Each door is 84 inches tall, 30.5 inches wide and including the door pulls 9 inches deep.

SS United States is a retired luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines. Built at a cost of $79.4 million ($733 million in today's dollars), the ship is the largest ocean liner constructed entirely in the US and the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction. She was designed by American naval architect William Francis Gibbs, and could be turned into a troopship should the need arise. The United States never was involved in any wars but was operated uninterrupted in transatlantic passenger service until 1969. In the following two decades she went through several different owners, all of whom tried unsuccessfully to make the liner profitable. Over time the ships fittings were sold at auction, and repairs were made that left her almost completely stripped by 1994. Two years later she was towed to Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia where she remains today.

Since 2009, a group called SS United States Conservancy has been trying to raise funds to save the ship. The group ended up purchasing her in 2011 but has had a few of its plans fall through which included a "multipurpose waterfront complex". As the group ran out of money in 2015 it began looking at potentially scrapping the ship, but more donations came in which extended fundraising. This has happened more than once since as the group continues to look at redevelopment plans. The United States still retains the Blue Riband for crossing the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger liner in regular service with the highest average speed.

The Big U #oceanliner.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    84 in. H x 61 in. W x 9 in. D
    213 cm H x 155 cm W x 23 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Weymouth, MA
  • Number of Items
    2
  • Reference Number
    LU88668253003
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